St Cuthman’s School – “Wispers” – Stedham – West Sussex Council – Chichester
St Cuthman’s School was established at Wispers in 1956 or 1957, when the Wispers estate was bought by West Sussex County Council who ran a mixed-sex boarding school there for children aged from 7 to 16 with special needs. During its life it was known both as St Cuthman’s Special School (i.e. in 1968 it is referred to by this name in official documents) and as St Cuthman’s School. It closed on 31 August 2004, with 54 pupils on the roster.
After closure, the house was sold by the Council and a planning application lodged to convert the main house into 7 flats with other buildings on the estate being either converted or demolished. The 35 acre estate was for sale under the name of St Cuthmans, and comprised Wispers, a pair of traditional cottages, a former coach house, a farm house, a stone and brick barn and a pair of 1970s cottages.
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